Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Walking on Wednesdays - Walking Up To A Snake

the Old Indian
Once upon a time
a woman was picking up firewood. 
She came upon a poisonous snake 
frozen in the snow. 
She took the snake home 
and nursed it back to health. 
One day the snake bit her on the cheek. 
As she lay dying
she asked the snake, 
"Why have you done this to me?" 
And the snake answered, 
"Look, bitch, 
you knew I was a snake."

One thing we were afraid of when we moved here 
to North Carolina was the snakes.
There are poisonous snakes here,
like Copperheads!
photo courtesy of The Biology Department at Davidson
And lo and behold, within the first few weeks we were here, this big old black snake slithered on the patio.

We remembered that quote from Natural Born Killers...

Not knowing what is was, 
hubby 'took care of it' 
with a shovel
Black Rat Snake
photo courtesy of The Biology Department at Davidson
Afterwards, we looked it up and found,
 it was not a poisonous snake after all.
It was a Black Rat Snake.

One that helped by 
eating rats, mice, and also birds and bird eggs.
We were sorry to have killed that one.

But as we discovered this morning
he was not the only one.
Our very own Black Rat Snake, on my clothesline.
I walked right up on this one.
He was in the tree right next to the clothesline.

They move pretty slow
and this one seemed to be wanting shelter 
from the strong winds that have been blowing.

He slithered down the tree, 
and right into that pipe that is our clothesline.
is this too close ??
We will let this one stay around.
But never get so close
as to let it bite us
on the cheek.


  1. I have black snakes here, too. Ours are called locally Black racers. And they most FAST. Harmless. Sometimes on my porch basking in the sun.

  2. Okay, I think I'm going to throw up! So close to get with the camera? I've got the willies!

  3. Wow, what a beauty, and such a helpful critter to have around! Bet he'd like to give you a hand with that laundry... ;)

  4. Ahhh - that's right, that is why I like living in a country where there are no snakes or anything poisonous!! :-D

  5. WOW! I don´t trust them but as long as they are not poisonous I don´t mind them.

  6. Yikes, even if these aren't poisonous they sure look scary. I hate snakes.


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